On Veterans Day, we gather together to honor a debt that we can never fully repay – the sacrifice of our servicemen and women.
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, we remember the husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, who accepted the call of duty and protected this country.
When our nation is threatened, we turn to these brave men and women. And each time we call, they answer. They leave behind loved ones, not knowing if it is goodbye for now, or goodbye for good.
They selflessly serve, putting country before self, knowing the gravity of the moment and the importance of their duty.
The history of this country is a never-ending story of bravery from those who put on the uniform. They are our heroes, and they deserve a hero’s treatment when the tours end and they return home. And that’s why House Republicans are committed to reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) until every veteran has better, high quality access to the care he or she earned.
Every week, I receive countless calls and letters from veterans across Eastern Washington. And every week it’s the same story – the VA is standing in the way. The VA won’t respond. The care they received was inadequate. Or worse, they couldn’t get care at all.
The Better Way – the best way – to show our gratitude to those who have served is to get them the care they need, and before it’s too late.
Because just as the wounds of war last a lifetime, so does America’s commitment to its veterans.
As a grateful nation, let’s accept the challenge to advocate for our veterans and to share their stories. May we always remember what they’ve done on our behalf.